Traditional Mass

Friday, November 16, 2007

Continued . . .

55--How is the chalice prepared for Mass?

On the chalice, is first placed the purificator to which is added the paten bearing the large host. These are covered by the pall, then the veil of the chalice; and finally, the special case called the burse, containing the corporal.

(a) Chalice - This is a cup made of gold or silver, or if of silver, the interior must be of gold. It holds the wine for the Holy Sacrifice, and is a striking figure of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

(b) Purificator - This is a linen cloth used for wiping the chalice, and the fingers and mouth of the celebrant after Communion. It is spread over the cup of the chalice at the beginning and end of Mass.

(c) Paten - This is a plate of gold or silver upon which the large bread for consecration rests until the Offertory. Of old it was necessarily larger than now, for it held all the breads to be consecrated.

(d) Pall - This is a square pocket-shaped piece of linen with a cardboard inserted in order to stiffen it. It is placed over the chalice to prevent dust or other matter falling into it.

(e) Chalice Veil - This is the cloth which covers the chalice until the Offertory, and again after the Communion. It also is made of the same material and color as the vestments.

(f) Burse & Corporal - The Burse is a square container for the corporal when the latter is not in use. It is made of the same material and color as the vestments. The Corporal is a square piece of linen. In size and appearance it resembles a small napkin. It is spread out on the altar, and the chalice is placed upon it. During the Mass the Sacred Host rests for a time on the Corporal.

[From 'Your Mass and Your Life,' to be continued . . .]